Southside Johnny Plays 30th Annual Hungerthon
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and WhyHunger have been building their reputations for 40 years and the former sang on behalf of the latter as part of this year’s annual Thanksgiving time tradition to raise awareness and funds for people, including millions right here in New York City and the USA, who don’t have enough to eat. As he mentioned on stage at a nifty new performance space at the CBS radio studios in Hudson Square, when Johnny was a student at Neptune City, NJ’s Neptune High School, he was inspired by peers like Garry Tallent, Steven Van Zandt, and Bruce Springsteen. By the mid 1970’s, he and his band The Asbury Jukes were hailed as one of the inventors and chief manufacturers of the Jersey Shore sound.
In 1975, a year before I Don’t Want To Go Home, the debut album from Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes was released, Harry Chapin – of course a wonderful singer/songwriter in his own right – and radio DJ Bill Ayres founded a nonprofit organization to connect people to food. A decade later Hungerthon began which features getting the word out on radio stations and concerts like this special duo show with Juke Jeff Kazee in addition to an online auction. Please browse all the great chances to bid on tickets for concerts and sporting events, memorabilia, and meetings with celebrities and/or consider making a straight up donation.